Next year is going to be a big year for me. I am going to have two new books out in the world. One is The Afterlife, a book of poems, with Worple Press; the other is Deck Shoes, a memoir of short prose pieces, with Impress Books.
They are very different books, but there is a lot of crossover between them. Most centrally, they were both written during the period of what is increasingly looking like my permanent remission from cancer. The books are not about cancer in the same way that Riddance and Love for Now tackled that subject head-on, but the shadow of cancer, it would be more accurate to say mortality, is never far from their pages.
Instead they are about other themes also present in those books: mental health; identity; the body; how to be present, to oneself and one’s family; what it means to let go, even to die, but without actually dying.
As I prepare to share this new work with the world I am hoping to enlist the support of readers with the aim of opening up a conversation about these difficult subjects.
So if you would like me to come to your school, or lecture hall, or leader team, or mental health/faith/patient/remission/book/reading/hospice group, or workshop, or gallery, or festival, poetry or otherwise, or setting and begin a conversation by reading some poems and prose I would be very glad to see you. I am, as they say, available.
Please use the contact form on the menu bar at the top of this page, and we can go from there.
I hope to meet you soon.
With good wishes